Opening batsman James Bellamy is rapidly becoming a modern-day star with Diggers Ex-Services after another big score.
Opening batsman James Bellamy is rapidly becoming a modern-day star with Diggers Ex-Services after another big score.

Club to hold anniversary dinner

TICKETS are selling fast for the Diggers Ex-Services Cricket Club’s 50th year anniversary dinner.

Present and former players, friends and supporters are invited to enjoy this historic occasion on Saturday, February 12, at the Coffs Harbour Ex-Services Club.

Club president Steve Meakins has reported strong interest already for the function.

The night will be headlined by keynote speaker and former Test right-arm paceman Rodney Hogg who famously declared Shane Warne would take 500 Test wickets, even before ‘the greatest bowler of all time’ had turned an arm over in Shield cricket for Victoria.

Fast, aggressive and often hot-tempered, Hogg debuted in the 1978-79 Ashes series in the team captained by Bobby Simpson in the wake of the World Series crisis.

Magnificently filling the void left by Lillee and Thomson, he eventually played 38 Test matches, 71 One-day Internationals and was still a first-grade club cricketer well into his 40s.

Meakins said with so much interest, it is advisable to book early, as tickets are unlikely to be around for much longer.

“We are aiming toward 150 or more people attending the dinner, including a number of former players who are returning to town for the weekend’s festivities,” he said.

“All in all, plans are coming together well.

“We have locked in our master of ceremonies and confirmed our entertainment; with local band, Benji, playing on the night.”

The night will also feature the naming of the Diggers’ Team of the Half Century and the release of the eagerly anticipated paperback publication which highlights Diggers’ history.

Tickets for the dinner can be purchased for $65 per head by contacting the C.ex Club or diggerscc@hotmail.com.

Steve Meakins is happy to answer any calls on 0419 977 980.



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